Renewing American Judaism: Experimentation and Creativity in a Changing Landscape

The 2019 Henry N. and Selma S. Rapaport Memorial Lecture

American Judaism has been buffeted by massive social upheavals in recent decades. What initiatives, in and out of synagogues, are helping to revitalize Jewish religious life? What options are available to Jewish seekers and those not fulfilled by conventional styles of Jewish practice? How are Jewish communities successfully engaging millennials?

Dr. Jack Wertheimer and three of today’s most innovative rabbis discuss creating new initiatives to connect American Jews with religion in the 21st century, inspired by his book, The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today, winner of a National Jewish Book Award.


Dr. Jack Wertheimer, Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History, JTS
Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Congregation Agudas Achim, Austin, Texas
Rabbi Jessica Minnen, Director of Jewish Learning, OneTable
Rabbi Dan Smokler, Chief Innovation Officer, Hillel International